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In Topic: Spiro Week 1

19 May 2013 - 01:18 PM

I have been using the dr. Dennis gross alpha beta peel every other day, salicylic acid wash with my clarisonic every day, and finacea every night. The red marks seem to be rapidly fading! I have a few left, but am hoping now that the breakouts have mostly stopped I can focus on these.

As for the spiro, 2 weeks on 100 mg has made a huge difference! I haven't had a new blemish since
last week, and the remaining couple have healed. Hoping this continues!

In Topic: Spiro Week 1

13 May 2013 - 05:13 AM

Thanks so much for the encouragement lifeinfaith!! It helps a lot. Tomorrow will be 6 weeks on Spiro, and I am pleased with my progress. Especially since bumping up to 100 mg, I am seeing some positive changes. My skin is finally getting clear! The nasty bump from last week cleared up over the weekend, and I haven't seen or felt any new ones forming on the chin! My skin is pretty dry right now, but nothing a little moisturizer can't control. I had 2 clogged pores spring up on my upper cheeks (near the nose) last night, but I am glad I haven't felt any cysts forming. I'm hoping I finally turned the corner! I will update later in the week when it is 2 weeks since the bump to 100 mg.

In Topic: Spiro Week 1

06 May 2013 - 01:09 PM

So I upped my dosage of Spiro to 100 mg on Friday. So far it is going ok. My skin has been pretty dry, but I am also using a salicylic acid wash, so that might be contributing. I am a bit frustrated because this morning my 2 remaining blemishes seemed to be clearing, but after lunch I looked in the mirror and can see/ feel a new one forming on my chin. Make that 2. Large bumps beneath the skin with no head. I don't understand why this keeps happening. Tomorrow will be my 1 month mark on Spiro (only on 50 mg up until Friday). Hopefully the 100 mg does the trick! I am getting married in 5 months, and I want to stop worrying about my skin! I feel like I am waiting to be excited about the wedding until my skin is 100% clear. It is so frustrating, especially since a short time ago I didn't have these problems!


My derm suggested weaning off the Solodyn, so I didn't take it on Saturday, took it Sunday, and haven't taken it today yet. Maybe I should take it 2 days on, 1 day off, instead of going straight to every other day? I don't want to have a reaction to going off of the Solodyn, especially since I just increased my Spiro dosage. I am getting frustrated because my derm seems to have a "whatever you want to do" attitude about everything (topicals, pills, peels, lasers, etc.), and I feel that as the doctor he should be giving me more advice!


Any suggestions?


I find myself wishing for 2 years ago when I never even thought about my skin! Now all I can do is think about it (or even 5 months ago when it was not that bad).

In Topic: Spiro Week 1

03 May 2013 - 08:01 AM

So, I had my 4 month follow up with my derm today. I have been taking Minocycline, Finacea, and Klaron for 4 months; Spiro for 3.5 weeks. On Monday I had a new cyst-like blemish form on my cheek, which was frustrating. I also had 1 blemish on my chin left over from 3 weeks ago. My derm attacked the 2 blemishes today, so hoping they will heal quickly. I opted not to go for Smoothbeam today, because I only have a few blemishes. I don't want to do something so extreme if it is not necessary. It is a little frustrating that it has been 4 months, but I am glad to be seeing some progress. Last week I was experiencing some clogged pores. I bought some Neutrogena face wash (the orange salycilic acid kind) at the pharmacy, and it cleared the clogged pores right up! I was kind of amazed because for the last year I have spent ungodly amounts of money at Sephora on expensive products, and this $8.00 wash worked like a charm. It is a bit drying, but I think my skin needs to get accustomed to it. I have also been using benzoyl peroxide to spot treat. I have decided that Ziana is not for me. When I use it I wake up with oily skin and clogged pores. Everyone is different, so this might work for others, just not for me.
I am still thinking of getting of the birth control pill, since I feel like it increased my acne and caused melasma. I am just worried about breaking out. Hopefully Spiro will get me completely clear, and then I can tackle the melasma and discoloration.
Any updates from anyone else?

I forgot to add, my derm upped my dosage of spiro to 100 mg from 50 mg. Hoping I don't have a reaction to the increase. Anyone have experience increasing this amount?

In Topic: Stopping Birth Control While On Spiro

03 May 2013 - 07:53 AM

Hi weddinggirl! I am thinking of stopping birth control too. My melasma has gotten so frustrating. It did not start until I began taking Ortho tri-cyclen lo in November 2011. I started Spiro 3 weeks ago, so I am hoping that will help the acne so that I can get off the birth control. I also feel that the birth control created or exacerbated the acne problem. I got occassional breakouts before, but after starting the pill I hae consistent blemishes! I am just really worried about breaking out worse after stopping, so I just keep taking it...